LOTS AND LOTS OF CHANGES.
It's that time of the year. I have really been trying to put this off for a long time, and honestly it didn't hit me yet - until now. And now, with my closest friends leaving for college one after another, it finally hit me. It's time to move on.
I'm having a hard time adjusting to the transition between college and high school. First of all, I spent half of my summer still running Herban Movement, and honestly I am and forever will be still involved with them, Junior Achievement, and AHIT. Because of this I still saw lots of my friends and teachers so it didn't feel like it was ending (mostly because it's not - you'll see why in a bit). Second, there's a party every other week, and I still see everyone and have fun. We talk about college, of course, but not in a sense that we're leaving, but mostly what we're looking forward to. But it didn't hit me until last Monday that it's slowly slipping away. My best friend for 8 years and I had dinner and saw a movie, and the whole time we were acting like nothing was about to happen - except he was leaving for San Diego in a few days. And it wasn't until he dropped me off and we said goodbye for awhile that I started thinking about what was going to happen eventually.
I really tried not to think about it because I didn't want to let go. But one by one us Herculeans are starting to leave the small city for a new adventure. Some people have one, two, or even five friends going to the same college with them, but I will be alone. Of course I will be making new friends (my apartment buddies already seem cool!), but it wouldn't hurt to have some old ones to have my back at Cogswell Polytechnic. But sadly that's not going to happen - and I have to deal with it! So I am spending the next weeks saying goodbye to my friends that I won't see for awhile and packing. It's hard to say bye but eventually you have to.
But that's not to say everything is bound to change! Like I said I am still HEAVILY involved with Herban Movement. I will be attending the Salesforce Dreamforce event in San Francisco's Moscone Center in September. A couple of the ol' classic Herban Movement officers will be with the new officers to represent Junior Achievement at this event. Did I mention that the CEO of Microsoft and YouTube will be there, among many other keynote speakers and guests? And a month after that I will be in New York City representing Junior Achievement again at the American Graduate Day telecast - live from The Lincoln Center! I was selected to share my story on live TV, and I am so excited! My theater experience definitely helps when I am put in events like this where I am talking to either a LARGE audience, a super important executive person, or both combined! Sometimes I don't even feel nervous anymore.
Aside from that, I will be collaborating with Rachel Gorgas of The Mind of Style and Mahal Williams of MahalW.com in the near future - so watch out for that! There are a few more projects and colabs that I will be doing while I am in San Jose, but I'm going to wait a little before talking to you guys about it. As I have mentioned, in less than a month, I will be moving on as well, in a new city with new friends, so that's another thing that will be exciting!
So with that said, I will be making the most of the days left before I have to leave. I'm going to miss little Hercules so much, despite the negative aspects and experiences that I have faced. But I guess everything has a good and a bad side - it's up to you how you see it.